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The Peter Rabbit™ Adventure

100 acres of family fun with Peter and friends

100 acres of family fun with Peter and friends

Hop, skip and jump over to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens this summer to experience a special Peter Rabbit™ Adventure.

Experience A Magical Garden Trail

See Beatrix Potter’s beloved characters brought to life for the first time at Northern Ireland’s royal residence. Let your imagination roam as you follow a trail alongside meandering waterways, through enchanting woodland, and into a walled garden with gardeners much friendlier than Mr McGregor!

As you explore, keep your eyes peeled for our very own wildlife, and get stuck into family-friendly activities celebrating the great outdoors. Make a raft to float Squirrel Nutkin down the stream, create your own game with natural materials, or help Mrs Tiggy-Winkle with her washing line.

On weekends, you may even be able to catch a glimpse of Peter Rabbit himself and get a special photo!

Important Information

On Sunday 27 July, we’re hosting the Hillsborough Running Festival which starts and finishes within the castle gardens. The races commence from 9:00 and complete at approximately 12:30. Some sections of the Peter Rabbit trail will be relocated during this time.

For your safety, and the safety of those taking part, please give way to runners whilst on the garden paths


Until 01 September 2024

In line with gardens opening hours

Ticket Information

Members go free.  Kids* go free (gardens-only tickets).

On 27 July, some sections of the trail will be relocated between 09:00-12:30.

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

Buy Gardens only tickets

Kids Go Free*

Throughout the summer holidays, we’re giving you the special gift of free gardens tickets for all children. What better way to make cherished memories with loved ones this summer?

Whether you’re a lifelong fan of Beatrix Potter or discovering the magic for the first time, The Peter Rabbit™ Adventure will be an unforgettable experience for all ages.

*See terms and conditions

Make the most of your visit

Looking for a full day out? Reward all your exploring in our café with a healthy lunch including seasonal vegetables grown in our gardens.

Upgrade your ticket to include entry to the castle and explore inside Northern Ireland’s royal residence. See the Throne Room still used today, as well as the fascinating exhibition Life Through A Royal Lens featuring photos from Rankin, Cecil Beaton, Annie Leibovtiz and more.

Peter Rabbit™ Afternoon Tea

Indulge in a delicious Peter Rabbit™-inspired afternoon tea, with children options available.

How to book

Become a member

Love making memories with your family? Become a member today and receive free and unlimited access to Northern Ireland’s famous castle and gardens. Access a range of benefits and unmissable events, including summer fairs, spooky Halloween scarecrow parades and Easter hunts.

Secure a full year of unlimited fun at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens starting from £55 with Direct Debit – less than £4.50 per month!


A photograph of a grandmother, grandfather and grandson following the Peter Rabbit Adventure trail. They are all dressed in blue tones and summer clothing, with the boy holding onto the grandmother and grandfather’s hand. They are joyfully walking down the garden path on the right and they are looking at a cardboard cut-out of Mr McGregor running on the left surrounded by shrubbery. The background consists of surrounding nature and trees.
A photograph of a family in a garden area completing the Peter Rabbit Adventure. The grandmother and grandfather are crouched behind their grandson, as the boy is adding fabric to the rope washing line. The rope washing line has paper clues with illustrations of Peter Rabbit on them. They are all dressed in blue tones and are surrounded by shrubbery on a summer’s day.
Grandmother and grandson having tea and cakes in the Stable Yard whilst reading Peter Rabbit.
A photograph of a family playing a game involving throwing balls into a hole.

*Kids Go Free Terms and Conditions

  • Valid 29 June to 01 September 2024, excluding 24-26 August.
  • 3 free child gardens tickets (5-15 years of age) for each full priced adult or disabled concession ticket, or with each individual or joint member visit (under 5s receive free access to Hillsborough Castle and Garden all year round, separate to this offer).
  • Free tickets are for the gardens only, not for castle visits. The offer is not available to senior concession or full time student 18+ concession tickets.
  • The offer isn’t valid with any other promotions or offers, including £1 universal credit tickets.

^Membership available on annual subscription only.

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